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McGruer Yacht Registry online

In my search for ABLE's sisterships (several still sailing in Scotland), I was introduced to Peter Billinghurst. He has met with George McGruer and others from the old McGruer family yard to begin creating a McGruer Yacht Registry online. The idea is to organize information about the 100-or-so McGruer-designed and -built boats still sailing world-wide. The website would mainly be of use to McGruer boat owners, particularly when restoring their boats.

He requests that anyone who has information about a particular McGruer boat contact him via email, address below. Maybe you've seen one in your harbor, or know someone who knows someone who owns one. He wants to track McGruer boats down.

Peter's draft (brand new) website for this purpose is at http://mcgruer-register.org . You can email him from that website.

[Update: the McGruer Register is about half complete as of January 2012. Link above]
 
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If you are still looking for info on 8cr you could contact clyde cruising club at clyde.org and as them to put some thing in Tidelines their newsletter
 

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McGruer Yacht Registry online

In my search for ABLE's sisterships (several still sailing in Scotland), I was introduced to Peter Billinghurst. He has met with George McGruer and others from the old McGruer family yard to begin creating a McGruer Yacht Registry online. The idea is to organize information about the 100-or-so McGruer-designed and -built boats still sailing world-wide. The website would mainly be of use to McGruer boat owners, particularly when restoring their boats.

He requests that anyone who has information about a particular McGruer boat contact him via email, address below. Maybe you've seen one in your harbor, or know someone who knows someone who owns one. He wants to track McGruer boats down.

Peter's draft (brand new) website for this purpose is at http://mcgruer-register.org . You can email him from that website.

I updated the contact information, and so I'm bumping this post. If you have useful information about McGruer boats, please send him an email. Thanks. I won't hijack the thread again.....
 
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Dear Eight Meter Cruiser Racer enthusiasts
I stumbled across this by accident and was excited to see interest in the 8Metre Cruiser Racers. I think we could pool resourses and track them all down. A few years ago I compiled a list and details of all the UK fleet of 8C/Rs. If anyone would like a copy please email me and I'll send you the file gratis.
It would be great to see at least some of them race again or at least come home to the Clyde for a regatta like the wonderful Fife Regattas.
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In the early 90's there used to be a beautiful boat kept at Lancaster then at Glason Dock which was claimed to be an 8m CR. It was undergoing a semi permanent do it yourself refit; never saw it under sail. The owner was a chap called Vince Nottingham but I don't know what became of him or the boat.

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Correction on previous posting.
It would apear that McGruers may not have gone bust but have only given up their yard.
Apparently McGruer Boatbuilders Ltd is still in existence although I don't know whereabouts.

I thought McGruers gave up years and year ago when their yard at Clynder became a housing scheme. Where did they move to?
 

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I thought McGruers gave up years and year ago when their yard at Clynder became a housing scheme. Where did they move to?

"In 2000 McGruer & Co sold their Rosneath boatyard for development in order to focus on Survey and Consultancy business. The company surveys all kinds of marine craft for Owners, Operators, Buyers, Insurers and Finance Houses and examines commercial vessels for compliance with MCA Small Commercial Vessel Codes of Practice."

From http://www.mcgruer-boats.co.uk/html/company.html

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;12507 said:
A query from "downunder. McGruers at Roseneath Scotland built around a dozen Eight Metre Cruiser Racers between the years of 1959 and 1966 approximately. They were around the 40' overall mark and most were originally based on the Clyde. Some of the names were as follows: Orana, Inismara,Debbie ,Sunburst, Altricia, Nan of Gare. I would like to trace either a class association or individual owners.is anyone aware of the wherabouts of any of these classic yachts? Thank you

About the 8M

Since 2007 i am the owner off Namhara Sailno K5
She s now in the Neteherlands and tottaly restored.

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;12507 said:
McGruers at Roseneath Scotland built around a dozen Eight Metre Cruiser Racers between the years of 1959 and 1966 approximately. Some of the names were as follows: Orana, Inismara, Debbie, Sunburst, Altricia, Nan of Gare. I would like to trace either a class association or individual owners. Is anyone aware of the wherabouts of any of these classic yachts? Thank you

Hello all
I am a fan addict of classic sailing yachts I regularly publish the results of my investigations in my website http://www.voilesclassiques.com unfortunately still in french ...

As for now I registered : SONDA (K1 McGruer 1951 France Med based), DELPHIN (K2 McGruer 1953), JOSEPHINE OF RHU (K3), ADASTRA X (K4 McGRUER built at Woodnutt & Co), NAMHARA (K5) Netherlands based, NAN OF CLYNDER (K6), TINTO II (K7), ORANA (K8 McGRUER 1959 built at Morris & Lorrimer, France La Rochelle based), CAMELLIA OF RHU (K9), CHARM OF RHU (K12 McMillan 1963), NAN OF GARE (K16), FEOLINN (K17), ALTRICIA (K18), DEBBIE (K22, the last 8mCR from McGRUER), TOMIS (RM1), GIGI (launched in 1961 rigged as a yawl).
I also know JABADAO (F1 Eugène CORNU 1958 Jézéquel built France based) and MARIE-LOUISE III (KA1 Jack SAVAGE 1954 Australia based).
So they are 18 out of 23 boats launched between 1951 and 1968, a lot of them on McGRUER's design.

Hope this helps
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A fascinating link, even if not exactly relevant to the thread. I know one of the Six metres for sale: Selma. She used to be moored in Cardwell Bay close to my own boat. I am sure that the then owner would never believe the price asked now!
 

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My name is Lorne McGruer. From 1957 until 1960 the yard at Clynder was my playground when my parents returned to Scotland with my younger brother and me while my father returned to the family business. John McGruer, managing director, was my grandfather. After my great-grandfather passed on, Grandpa and his eight or nine siblings all ran the various operations at Clynder and Rosneath. When we returned to Clynder in 1957, my father was given the task of managing the operation at Rosneath, for the salary of twelve pounds per week! The yard at Clynder was indeed eventually sold and became housing and Rosneath became the sole operation. The Cruiser 8 Nan of Clynder is still here on Vancouver Island and is currently for sale with yachtbrokers Thunderbird Yacht Sales at Westport Marina in Sidney for $24,900 CDN. I can still remember sailing on her one day in about 1958 or 1959 in The Gareloch with Peter Wilson, the original owner, and some of his family and my father.
 

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My name is Lorne McGruer. From 1957 until 1960 the yard at Clynder was my playground when my parents returned to Scotland with my younger brother and me while my father returned to the family business. John McGruer, managing director, was my grandfather. After my great-grandfather passed on, Grandpa and his eight or nine siblings all ran the various operations at Clynder and Rosneath. When we returned to Clynder in 1957, my father was given the task of managing the operation at Rosneath, for the salary of twelve pounds per week! The yard at Clynder was indeed eventually sold and became housing and Rosneath became the sole operation. The Cruiser 8 Nan of Clynder is still here on Vancouver Island and is currently for sale with yachtbrokers Thunderbird Yacht Sales at Westport Marina in Sidney for $24,900 CDN. I can still remember sailing on her one day in about 1958 or 1959 in The Gareloch with Peter Wilson, the original owner, and some of his family and my father.

Nan of Clynder is listed here.
 

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A fascinating link, even if not exactly relevant to the thread. I know one of the Six metres for sale: Selma. She used to be moored in Cardwell Bay close to my own boat. I am sure that the then owner would never believe the price asked now!

I know the guy who bought her from Ronnie McGrouther; she sat in the shed at Ronnie's yard for years, I can remember seeing her in there as a child in the early 1980s(my dad kept a boat there), I suspect she had been there a long time even then. The new owner restored her and sailed on the Alde for a while then took her to France. I've not seen him for a while so I guess he's moving her on.
 

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"In 2000 McGruer & Co sold their Rosneath boatyard for development in order to focus on Survey and Consultancy business. The company surveys all kinds of marine craft for Owners, Operators, Buyers, Insurers and Finance Houses and examines commercial vessels for compliance with MCA Small Commercial Vessel Codes of Practice."

From http://www.mcgruer-boats.co.uk/html/company.html

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That is that is a very loose and flattering interpretation of what happened. For fear of libel lawyers I will say only that McGruers is no more; the company using the name is a one man band run by the chap who was MD when the yard ceased trading and 20+ folk lost their jobs. How the mighty are fallen.
 
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